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When it Comes to the Pamela Geller Event, Fox News gets it Wrong

by Dr. Mark Anderson | I Spy Radio

In the wake of the Garland TX shootings, much has been made and continues to be made, about the “appropriateness” of Pamela Geller’s “Draw Muhammad” event. As recently as this morning, Martha MacCallum of Fox News interviewed Lars Larson and Jehmu Greene who all agreed Pamela Geller had the absolute right to do what she did but debated the “appropriateness” of her actions to hold the event. Within that heated debate, Martha posed the question “What is the appropriate response to ISIS?” Sadly, due to the combative nature of the interview, it went largely unanswered. So allow me.

When responding to terrorists, it is exceptionally appropriate to demonstrate you are not afraid of them. That their threats of violence—to say nothing of their acts of violence—have done nothing and will do nothing to make you cower in fear. That you will not abridge your own speech out of fear they may do something violent in return.

Showing weakness emboldens terrorists. Unfortunately, weakness now passes as official U.S. policy. Even before he became president, Obama launched his apologetic world tour. He has since backed up those apologies by official actions, conceding time and again in the face of radical Islamic threats. When push came to shove in the “Arab Spring” he sided with the radical elements in Egypt and Libya. He sides with the more radical Syrian rebels (many factions of which evolved into ISIS) over the more secular and moderate (though despicable) President Bashar al-Assad.

Reminiscent of Palestinians throwing rocks at well-armed Israeli soldiers, Obama has launched just enough missiles and drone strikes from afar, to give the appearance of doing “something” to the American people. But absent is a bold, authoritative, and crushing offensive strike that would send the message that needs to be sent.

In this sense, Pamela Geller’s event was entirely appropriate. She—a woman no less—stood in the face of violence, shook her fist, and proclaimed, “We will not be silent!” Would Martha MacCallum question the “appropriateness” of a woman standing up to an abusive husband with a similar determination of “I will not be silent!”?

It’s not just Martha MacCallum but many of the Fox News team. Bill O’Reilly, Greta Van Susteren, and others have scolded Geller over the “appropriateness” of her event—while conceding her right to hold it. The only two who seem to get it are Megyn Kelly and Sean Hannity. In an on-air exchange, Megyn absolutely dismantled O’Reilly pontificating with a single question: “You know what else the jihadis don’t like? They hate Jews. Should we get rid of all Jews?”

It’s also highly appropriate to know the mindset of the people you’re fighting, to know your enemy. And judging from the self-righteous comments of those on Fox News and others like Jehmu Greene in this morning’s debate, I would guess none of them have actually read the Qur’an. I challenge them to do so; I invite you to do so. There is a highly respected English translation, fully searchable, electronic version of the Qu’ran available on the page for Show 5-04 (see the “Links Mentioned” section). Take a look. See for yourself about the treatment of Jews and Christians and the absolutely permissible act of killing them if they do not submit to the superiority of Islam. The difference between moderate and radical Islamic beliefs is that moderates view the killing of Jews and Christians as “permissible”; radical Islamists view it as a commandment.

If the Fox News crew actually knew the mindset of radical Islamists, they would know that the “appropriate” response against radicalized violence is strength. On I Spy Radio, I have interviewed multiple guests on radical Islam and ISIS, from Brigitte Gabriel (Act! for America) to Dr. Andrew Bostom to Joseph Klein to Dr. Bruce Thornton to, most recently, Raymond Ibrahim. In discussions with them both on and off the air, all of them underscore that the Middle Eastern mindset is one that respects strength. This has existed for centuries. The Muslim incursions into Europe did not stop because Christians the world over apologized. The incursions stopped because of strength, because of the Crusades, which proclaimed via actions that Christians had had enough and were also willing to die for their faith.

The Fox commentators have also used the infamous “Piss Christ” (an “artwork” of a crucifix in a jar of urine) as an example to counter Geller’s event in that they agreed the artist had a right to do it but that it too was “inappropriate.” They are correct that it was inappropriate. But it’s a false comparison because his rights as an artist were not being threatened. If Christians were dragging atheists or artists out into the streets and beheading then, yes, “Piss Christ” would have been an absolutely appropriate response. Instead, it was an artist with a cushy fat taxpayer grant thumbing his nose at Christians, whose tax dollars helped fund it. The only way you can compare “Piss Christ” to Geller’s event would be if there had been no radical Islamic killings of Westerners, no threats of violence, no implied or overt threats of forcing America to abide by Sharia law—and that Muslims had funded Geller’s event to insult them.

Another common refrain among the Fox News commentators is that Pamela Geller should not have “provoked” the radical Islamists. Our very existence “provokes” radical Islamists. To echo Megyn Kelly, the very existence of Jews and Christians “provoke” them (unless they were to admit the superiority and ultimate authority of Islam). Our way of life is an insult to them. They hate that our women flaunt themselves and walk around half naked—to say nothing of their demands of equal rights with men.

Our entire existence as a nation “provokes” them. They hate us for our freedoms and not just freedom of speech but all of them. The very fact that we’re free to worship who we want and how we want throws it in their face that we have not submitted, that we have not turned our society on its head to follow the dictates of Islam. And they hate that we have even enshrined all of this in the Constitution that guarantees us these rights and this ability to thumb our nose at radical Islam.

So many of our Founding Fathers proclaimed the price of Liberty was so high and so precious they were willing to die to defend it. Do you think Pamela Geller or those attending the “Draw Mohammed” contest—or the former Muslim who won it—weren’t all keenly aware that they were putting their own lives at risk for standing up for freedom? In decrying the “appropriateness” of Pamela Geller’s event, the Fox News crew admitted her right to free speech. Just as they have the right to criticize. And yet it makes one wonder whether they too would put their lives on the line to defend it?

Standing up with strength and resolve, and knowing that it is the correct response in the face of those who would do violence against you simply because you dared to stand up is appropriate. Because the price of freedom is that, at some point, you will be offended. Some are willing to pay the ultimate price for freedom. Others take the safety of the newsroom.

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Headlines and Top Stories for Friday September 19, 2014

Tune into The Bill Post Radio Show LIVE every weekday  from noon to 3:00 PM for top and bottom of the hour news, listen to the audio here. Here are the stories we’re following today:

SIERRA LEONE TO SHUT DOWN FOR 3 DAYS TO SLOW EBOLA

Boehner and Pelosi Unite to Pass Bill Funding Planned Parenthood, Obamacare, Syrian Revolutionaries

Mayor: New high school won’t be named after President Obama

Immigration worker union warns ‘serious threat’ of ISIS entering US

Apple could face heat from police on refusing data access, expert says

Iran’s ‘Happy’ dancers sentenced to 91 lashes, jail

Social media campaign shames some of the rudest and crudest airline passengers

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Arkansas State lifts ban on football helmet crosses, but players must foot bill for decals

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison Steps Down, Company Posts Fiscal 1Q Miss

Ukrainian president pleads with US for military aid, tells Congress ‘blankets’ not enough

Gallup: 60% of Americans Don’t Trust News Media

Democrats turn on Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Study: Cities with super fast Internet speeds are more productive

Wal-Mart Mexico Unit Probed on Complaints of Cockfight

AMBRE ENERGY VS. THE STATE OF OREGON

Australia raids foil reported ISIS beheading plots

Union boss millionaires lead ‘income equality’ convention

Hollywood studios are urged to take extra precautions filming abroad amid rising global security issues

Tension in the Ranks: Military leaders press Obama to keep options open for ground troops

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Headlines and Top Stories for Thursday September 18, 2014

Tune into The Bill Post Radio Show LIVE every weekday  from noon to 3:00 PM for top and bottom of the hour news, listen to the audio here. Here are the stories we’re following today:

White House: No ‘combat role,’ but US troops could ‘forward deploy’ with Iraqis

Miss America Kira Kazantsev’s Planned Parenthood past draws criticism, support

As UN General Assembly session opens, botched computer project engulfs peacekeeping operations

Benghazi hearing: State Department accused of relying on ‘pre-Benghazi’ approach to security

Doctors Without Borders staffer contracts Ebola, will be evacuated to France

Curtain, reviews come down on taxpayer-funded climate change musical

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has cancer, doctor says

Pelosi: ‘I Will Not Vote for Combat Troops’

CORKER SLAMS OBAMA, KERRY FOR ‘EXERCISING THE WORST JUDGMENT POSSIBLE’ ON ISIS

New device in the works to catch texting drivers

House passes bill to audit Federal Reserve

STUDY: ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS MAY PROMOTE DIABETES

IRAQ PREMIER NIXES US GROUND TROOPS

HOUSE GRUDGINGLY APPROVES ARMS FOR SYRIAN REBELS

Missouri, Alabama schools drop Michelle O’s lunch program

New Record: Pound of Ground Beef Tops $4 for First Time

Town Bans Bad Body Odor

Oregon’s minimum wage increases to $9.25 an hour

Man at Texas Chick-fil-A Pays $1K to Treat Diners

Natural gas boom boosts companies from coast-to-coast

29 Cuban migrants land in Florida Keys on homemade boat

Sheriffs in the Southwest: The border is ‘spiraling out of control’

Republican Joni Ernst pulls ahead of Dem in Iowa Senate poll

Fed Pledges to Hold Rates Near Zero for ‘Considerable Time’

American arrested in South Korea over alleged attempt to swim to North

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Headlines and Top Stories for Wednesday September 17, 2014

Tune into The Bill Post Radio Show LIVE every weekday  from noon to 3:00 PM for top and bottom of the hour news, listen to the audio here. Here are the stories we’re following today:

U.S. leaders call for “war” on Ebola outbreak, pledge troops

Go time: Illegals rushing border fearing U.S. crackdown

Labor Board Orders CNN to Rehire 100 Fired Employees

Judge rebukes ATF over treatment of agent who infiltrated Hells Angels

University of Virginia student vanishes walking home from party

NASA awards space taxi contract to Boeing and SpaceX

Top military official opens door to ground troops in ISIS fight, despite Obama pledge

Carter grandson keeps distance from family legacy in tight race for Georgia governor

‘Extremely dangerous’ survivalist named suspect in Pennsylvania state trooper ambush

Two American troops among dead in Afghanistan suicide bombing

NFL reportedly tells Redskins’ RG3 to remove ‘Know Jesus, Know Peace’ T-shirt

Ukraine parliament ratifies EU deal that sparked political crisis

Ambassador warns of ISIS threat for Pope Francis’ Albania visit

‘Duck Dynasty’ Star Prays, Cha-Chas and Wows ‘Dancing’ Judges

Watchdog: More coal power plants to close than expected

Woman emerges from rubble 4 days after Nigeria building collapses

Student’s ‘Virginity Rocks’ t-shirt banned from Arkansas middle school

Obama’s Lonely Climate Summit – world leaders are staying home

Democrats now have a 51 percent chance of holding the Senate

Congressional Report: Foreign-Born Population Could Rise to 60 Million People within Ten Years

Woman in Thailand dies after jumping into crocodile pond

T MINUS 49: GOP ODDS OF SENATE TAKEOVER DOWNGRADED

POLL: BLACK & WHITE FERGUSON RESIDENTS AGREE – MEDIA MADE THINGS WORSE

SCHOOL BUS DRIVER KILLED DURING SAFETY DRILL

BLACKS, HISPANICS HAVE DOUBTS ABOUT MEDIA ACCURACY

CDC STUDY: AMERICANS’ BELLIES ARE EXPANDING FAST

UN: NEARLY $1 BILLION NEEDED NOW TO STOP EBOLA

MILEY CYRUS DATE BARELY MAKES COURT APPEARANCE

 

 

Headlines and Top Stories for Tuesday September 16, 2014

Tune into The Bill Post Radio Show LIVE every weekday  from noon to 3:00 PM for top and bottom of the hour news. Here are the stories we’re following today:

Hurricane strands tourists, sparks looting in Mexico

EVENT CANCELED  Live OR House District Candidate Forum in Salem

CDC issues Ebola checklist: ‘Now is the time to prepare’

Ex-official claims Clinton allies scrubbed Benghazi documents in secret session

Ayatollah, US spar over Iran role in fighting ISIS as Kerry seeks coalition

Stamp collector offering $100G for ‘Inverted Jennies’

CBO: Cost of Obamacare Subsidy Will Increase 8-Fold in 10 Years

Egypt: Don’t Limit Action to ISIS; Islamists Elsewhere Share its Ideology

Australia First to Offer Troops as Anti-ISIS Coalition is Slow to Take Shape

Kent State University blasts red-stained sweatshirt sold by Urban Outfitters

Former Auschwitz guard, 93, charged with accessory to 300,000 murders in Germany

Newborn dies after pregnant woman killed by stray bullet in Philadelphia

Teenage founder of multi-million dollar lip balm brand lends support to girl fighting school ChapStick ban

Proponents look to expand marijuana legalization in November

Mexican Woman Denied Visa For Sister’s Life-Saving Bone Marrow Transplant

Miss Nebraska accidentally flashes cameras during Miss America pageant

Ayatollah, US spar over Iran role in fighting ISIS as Kerry seeks coalition

Study: Leaky wells, not fracking, taint water

How the Unaccompanied Children Crisis Is Affecting Public Schools

The Shocking Display Seen at NYC’s Muslim Day Parade

Record S&P 500 Masks 47% of Nasdaq Mired in Bear Market

School to fingerprint students to ‘monitor their diets’

Boa Constrictor Captured after Escaping Idaho Cage

Resources rushed to 2 new Oregon wildfires

Man charged with aggravated murder for Silverton killing

A Scottish ‘Yes’ also means exit from EU, NATO

Vietnam soldiers receive Medal of Honor

500 feared dead after boat sunk off Malta coast, migrant group says

 

Female fighters of the PKK may be the Islamic State’s worst nightmare

By Seth Robson

Stars and Stripes
Published: August 30, 2014

MAKHMUR, Iraq — It’s an Islamic State fighter’s worst fear: to be killed by a woman.

In northern Iraq, where Kurdish forces are rapidly regaining territory held by the Islamic State,  that’s becoming a real risk for the extremists.

There are plenty of female Kurdish soldiers on the front lines. They’re smaller than their male comrades, but they talk just as tough as they prowl the battlefield clutching automatic rifles and vowing vengeance for those victimized by the Islamic State.

“We are equal with the men,” said Zekia Karhan, 26, a female guerrilla from Turkey who is with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, known as the PKK. “Every responsibility for a man is the same for a woman. We are treated equally, and that is why we are fighting.”

The female PKK troops accessorize their olive drab uniforms with colorful scarfs,  but they’re as thirsty for battle as anyone.

Read more

What is Hamas, and Why is it Considered a Terrorist Organization? Buck Sexton Explains

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Americans struck with Ebola virus coming back to U.S.

from The Oregon Optimist

Two American aid workers with Samaritan’s Purse, who contracted the Ebola virus while treating victims of the epidemic in West Africa, are about to be transported back to the U.S. for treatment and recovery.

While this decision by Samaritan’s Purse and the Center for Disease Control has sparked a frenzy of social media dispute on the dangers of bringing infected people into the country, CNN reports that health officials are not especially worried that it will spread. This is because of several medical realities and the quality of healthcare in a first-world country such as the US.

The aid workers in question, Dr. Kent Brantley and Nancy Writebol, will be coming back from a harrowing experience. When both people contracted the disease, a small sample of an “experimental serum” to treat it had just arrived.

When offered the treatment, Brantley insisted that it be given to Writebol, as there was only enough serum for one person.

Brantley was eventually saved with a blood sample from a 14-year-old boy whom he had treated and cured, and who had donated blood specifically to save the doctor who saved him.

Read more

Victory! Meriam Ibrahim and her American Family Safe, Free, and in Italy

From the ACLJ – Jordan Sekulow

Meriam Ibrahim and her American family are now safe and free in Italy.

After being under U.S. protection in the American Embassy in Khartoum for the last month, Meriam her two young American children Martin and Maya, and her American husband Daniel were flown out of Sudan on an Italian government plane, escorted by Italian personnel.

Read more…

UPDATE: Sudan Court Will Free Meriam Ibrahim, Sentenced to Death for Her Christian Faith

UPDATE: FoxNews.com is now reporting that Meriam Ibrahim has been rearrested while trying to leave the country. 

Reports today indicate the Sudan court has reversed itself and will free Meriam Ibraham, the pregnant Christian woman jailed and sentenced to be flogged and hanged for her Christian faith. Meriam was later forced to give birth in chains in a Sudanese prison as she awaited a death sentence ad brutal flogging by Muslim officials.

“The appeal court ordered the release of Mariam Yahya [Ibrahim] and the cancellation of the [previous] court ruling,” Sudan’s SUNA news agency said on Monday.

Read more at LifeNews.com…